WEBSTER — Bernard J. Desilets, 83, died Wednesday, May 2, in Brookside Rehabilitation Center after a period of declining health.

He leaves a sister, Muriel L. Lariviere and her companion Jeremiah J. “Jerry” Didonato of Webster; and several cousins.

He was born and raised in North Grosvenordale, Conn., the son of Frank and Flora (Blain) Desilets. He lived there until moving to Webster in 2002. He attended Saint Joseph Grammar School.

Mr. Desilets was a gas station attendant at the family store, Desilets Variety, for several years.

He was a former member of St. Joseph Church in North Grosvenordale, Conn. and currently belonged to Saint Roch’s Church in Oxford. He was a dedicated Red Sox and Celtics fan and acquired a beautiful collection of sports memorabilia. He liked traveling and going to the casinos. A favorite pastime was driving his Cub Cadet and working in the yard.

Bernard’s family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Brookside, especially the hospice nurses, for their excellent care for Bernard over the last few months.

The funeral will be held on Friday, May 4, at 11 a.m. in Saint Joseph Church, 18 Main Street, North Grosvenordale, Conn., please meet at the church. Burial will be in Saint Joseph Cemetery, North Grosvenordale. There are no calling hours. Donations in his name may be made to St. Joseph Food Pantry, PO Box 897, North Grosvenordale, CT 06255-0897. Arrangements are under the direction of Scanlon Funeral Service, 38 E. Main Street, Webster.

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